What you need to know about your trailer hitch and vehicle to choose a bike rack that is compatible with your setup:
Guidelines, unless otherwise specified:
Bike racks come in a variety of styles. Consider what style bike rack would be most compatible with your bike frames and transportation requirements.
Varying levels of rear cargo area accessibility are offered by different types of hitch-mounted bike racks.
Choose a rack with features that make it convenient and easy for you to handle.
Anti-rattle devices eliminate rattling and jostling of the rack in the hitch during transport.
Several bike racks come with integrated locking mechanisms to prevent theft by securing the bikes to the bike rack and/or the bike rack to the trailer hitch.
Most styles of racks have a folding component that make storing the rack convenient
To determine the amount of clearance your vehicle requires, you need to measure. This requires a measuring tape and a straight edge, such as a dowel rod or a yardstick.
Step 1 Positioning vertical dowel rod for bike rack clearance Hold the dowel rod or yardstick vertically against the back of your spare tire, making sure that the end of the straight edge extends lower than your hitch pin hole.
Step 2 Using tape measure to get distance from hitch pin hole to back of spare tire Use the tape measure to find the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the straight edge (in inches). Be sure to form a 90-degree angle between your tape measure and your straight edge. This measurement is the minimum clearance your bike rack will need to clear your spare tire.